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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (151,168 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Philip Pullman, A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The His Dark Materials Series Release Date:
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8 hours 55 minutes, 8 CDs

The universe has broken wide, and Lyra's friend lies dead. Desperate for answers and set on revenge, Lyra bursts into a new world in pursuit of his killer. Instead, she finds Will, just twelve years old and already a murderer himself. He's on a quest as fierce as Lyra's, and together they strike out into this sunlit otherworld.

On this journey marked by danger, Will and Lyra forge ahead. But with every step and each new horror, they move closer to the greatest threat of all—and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compas, Philip Pullman continues His Dark Materials trilogy and confirms it as an undoubted and enduring classic.

ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Blue Ribbon Book
Book Links Best Book of the Year
Parents' Choice Gold Book Award
American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"
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Quotes & Awards

  • More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall. Publishers Weekly, Starred
  • The intricacy of the plot is staggering. . . .There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating. The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
  • The character development as well as the relentless pace . . . make this a resoundingly successful sequel . . . it will leave readers desperate for the next installment. Booklist, Starred
  • A literary rollercoaster ride you won’t want to miss. The Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dulcie | 2/9/2014

    " Lovely book. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT READ THIS SERIES IF YOU ARE A SERIOUS CHURCH GOER. I am not a christian, so I didn't have any issues with this series. In fact, I found Pullman quite wise in some segments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Quinn | 2/3/2014

    " The jury is out on this book for me. I began to enjoy it more when Lyra came into the story, but the storyline with Will and his mother was dull, and the parts with the scientists I found myself skipping altogether. I liked the glimpses of the Spectres and the city run by children, and I did like the interaction between the children, but it's definitely a take-it-or-leave-it book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd | 2/3/2014

    " A somewhat disappointing by comparison sequel. The heroes less lovable, though that may have been a result of the darkness it brought. Usually I pine for darkness in a book though, especially YA. That being said the world is still created vividly, and the writing balance is still ideal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mishal Sanghvi | 1/23/2014

    " Really good, especially towards the end "

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